Definition of antipathy
- an antipathy to taxes
- a deep antipathy between the groups
- … perhaps his greatest antipathies were cabs, old women, doors that would not shut …
- —Charles Dickens
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When the nation of Yugoslavia was created in 1945, it combined a number of ethnic groups with a history of violent antipathy toward each other. In 1991–92 four regions of the country announced that they would become independent nations; a bloody six-year war followed, fueled by these ancient and powerful antipathies. The American Civil War similarly resulted from antipathy between the North and the South. But in the U.S.'s relations with its next-door neighbors, it's been a long time since emotions have gotten much stronger than annoyance.
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